Our expert says:
To lose weight you need to basically change your lifestyle. Reduce your energy intake by eating an energy-reduced, low-fat, high-fibre diet (click on 'Diet & Nutrition' at the top of this page, then on 'Healthy Diets' and then on 'Slimming Diet' for a copy of such a diet), and increase your energy output by doing regular exercise (running, jogging, skipping, cycling, swimming, join a gym or Walk for Life). While you are on the ‘Diet & Nutrition’ site, read about every aspect of slimming including reasons why some people do not manage to lose weight. I would recommend that you have a medical checkup and ask the dr to test your hormone levels (thyroid, insulin and female hormones if applicable) because conditions such as an underactive thyroid or insulin resistance or polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) can cause weight gain and hamper weightloss. Psychological conditions like depression can also prevent you from losing weight and there are many medications that either increase weight or prevent weightloss. Discuss these aspects with the doctor when you go for your checkup.
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